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Barbecue Bash Essentials

15 items to make your backyard the best barbecue joint on the block.

May long weekend is just around the corner, and what better excuse to host a backyard, family-friendly barbecue? Think roasted Bell peppers, sizzling steaks, sauce-slathered ribs, ice cold beer or an adult-inspired take on lemonade (we suggest Limoncello and Citrus Fizz). It’s time to break out your parasol, kick back with a cold one, and celebrate four days away from the office with grilled cuisine and these 15 essential items.


Worried that the almost-summer sun will warm your beverage? Try out West Elm’s Canvas Drink Holders ($10) to keep your bottles or cans chilled all afternoon.


Crate & Barrel has provided the perfect 2-Piece Chip and Dip Set ($19.95) for nibblies and finger-food (try it out with Baked Artichoke Dip).


Create a splash at your get-together with Pomp and Circumstance’s Dropp! bowl ($73.30), perfect for tossed or potato salad.


Want to impress your guests with homemade Crostini or Bruschetta? West Elm has the perfect Universal Expert Serving Platter ($80) to style any starter for your hostess needs.


Feeling parched? Walrus’ Water Carafe ($35) is the perfect bottle to quench that thirst and keep guests satisfied.


EQ3 makes entertaining simple with their  Siirtolapuutarha Pitcher ($78), the perfect container for a batch of Fish House Punch or California Prayer Book Cocktail.


Serving more than just a few friends? Urban Barn has the party essential collection with their Pizarra Servingware ($14-$39) for that round-the-table guest list.


With a pitcher of punch in hand you’re in need of West Elm’s Fishs Eddy Tumbler Set (4 for $24), perfect for in the house or on the patio.


Sunshine means it’s “I scream/you scream” time (especially for Mint Chip Gelato) and Anthropologie’s Soda Fountain Ice Cream Cone ($10) makes serving up this delicious treat all the more fun.


With a bag of ice and the Coleman 54-Qt. Steel Cooler ($249.95) from Crate & Barrel, your sodas, beers, and chilled wines will keep cool all day.


Dress up your patio table in navy stripes with Plum Home + Design’s Cabana Table Cloth ($128).


Based on the Mayan hammock weaving technology, the Acapulco Chair ($524) from Pomp and Circumstance will be the most sought-after spot for the party.


CB2’s Picnic Charcoal Grill ($119) is the perfect backyard addition that keeps barbecues small with plenty of room for entertaining.


The Jardine Butler Stand ($199) from West Elm makes switching hot dogs for patties a smooth operation when positioned next to any grill.


The final touch to any backyard-bash is Bose’s 151 SE Environmental Speakers ($299.99). They’re able to survive all weather types and your friends favourite Country songs (even if you aren’t).




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